The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the recent declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day by Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria in honor of late MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of 1993 presidential election.
It described the pronouncement as a Greek gift targeted at pacifying the Yoruba after its failure to checkmate its (IPOB) activities, which remains the authentic voice of the people of the East.
In a statement issued through its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB maintained that the posthumous award was a clever but desperate attempt by “Arewa agents of neo-colonialism to drive a wedge between the burgeoning understanding between the East and West.”
It wondered why the same people that detained and killed Abiola would turn around to reward him with a posthumous award, if not for next year’s general elections.
“It appears there is no length the present Buhari Administration will not go in its futile quest to counter IPOB agitation for a sovereign independent nation of Biafra.
“After another resoundingly successful 30th of May sit-at-home order from IPOB, it came to us as no surprise when Arewa north moved to pacify the Yorubas by declaring June 12 as the new Democracy Day.
“Since it has clearly dawned on them that IPOB is the authentic voice of the people of the East, thereby rendering their slaves in Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Governors’ lodges in the South East impotent, their next best move is to gain the confidence of the West in order to checkmate the rising influence of those that have come to forge an alliance strong enough to rattle the status quo.
“Our successful sit at home order in 2017 prompted Arewa Consultative Forum to direct their youths to issue Igbos residing in the North with a quit notice. This culminated in a brutal military invasion of the home of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu sanctioned by Nnia Nwodo’s Ohanaeze and South East governors in what they termed Operation Python Dance. They came to kill, maim and ‘crush’ IPOB for good.
“An equally devastatingly successful May 30th, sit-at-home called by IPOB in 2018 have sent shockwaves to the ruling cabals in the north that IPOB not Ohanaeze Ndigbo or Igbo governors, are the true representatives of the people of the East.
“As with the clamour for restructuring, it can now also be confidently stated without fear of contradiction that this overriding need to checkmate IPOB is the sole reason behind the June 12 Democracy Day announcement by Aso Rock. A cynical move designed to truncate any East/West alliance or understanding with regards to a renegotiated Nigeria before 2019,” part of the statement read.